Most of us have a room we don’t use, and we can all take the time to bring new life into those old spaces. When you repurpose your rooms, you can add new life to your existing home, and enjoy those areas again. Let’s learn how to do this!
How To Turn Your Old Room Into a New Room to Regain Unused Space
Repurposing a room in your house should not be limited to revamping unused space. When it comes to interior decoration and design, even a bedroom where family members sleep each and every night can be transformed into a more desirable living space.
Transforming a living space is one of the smartest and most satisfying improvements any homeowner can achieve. For the most part, you will not have to invest too much in a repurposing project; in fact, you may be able to cut down on future bills if you play it smart and apply principles of energy efficiency. If you’ve ever dreamed of beautiful home office, a cozy studio, a playroom, a home theater, or even a crafts shop in your house, a good amount of work and diligence can make your dream come true if you repurpose your rooms.
Reclaiming Household Space to Match a Lifestyle
The first step you should take when deciding to repurpose your rooms is to take a moment of introspection. You must take into consideration your lifestyle and how it relates to everyone who lives under the same roof.
Times are changing at a pace faster than what residential architects are used to. If you have a dining room that no one in your house seems to use, you are not alone; modern families find themselves taking their meals at the kitchen table and at casual restaurants, which are becoming like the British pubs of yore.[bctt tweet=”Learn How to Repurpose Your Rooms and Breathe New Life Into Your Home!” username=”haleysvintage”]
Remember the era of McMansions, when the American real estate market was overvalued? And home buyers were clamoring for three and four-car garages? Many of those homes became distressed properties purchased at bargain prices by large families whose breadwinners may work from home.
Older floor plans are irresistible to DIY interior decorators who wish to reclaim space. Basements, attics, awkward foyers, and ridiculous walk-in closets are examples of areas that are begging to be reclaimed. The new purpose should be more functional than decorative; for example, if someone in your house works from home, a portion of a garage can be turned into a small, private office. If your family is into fitness, a dining room can become a yoga studio.
Planning and Managing the Project
Ideally, you want to take a smart and frugal approach to interior design. DIY projects are highly recommended to repurpose your rooms. Especially when you involve family members and friends to help you out; however, if you do not have the time or inclination to take on the project, you should not be ashamed to hire a professional to create your vision.
If you choose to go the DIY route, you should be prepared to adopt safety measures. Learning proper tool safety practices will help to protect yourself and your loved ones. Be sure to pick the right tools for the job. Otherwise, you will end up with an unsatisfactory vision, and you may even end up causing damage to your home.
Where to Find Inspiration
Once you have settled on the space to reclaim and the function it will serve, the next step is to gain inspiration and get ideas from Internet research. Once you have an idea that you can recite or write down without hesitation, you should create an itemized list of expenses and make a promise to complete the project under budget.[bctt tweet=”Make Your Budget Before Starting Your Renovation!” username=”haleysvintage”]
When planning the project, consider using a mobile app that you can manage from your smartphone. You may feel better writing down a checklist using a pencil and notepad; this will also allow you to sketch out your vision.
Repurpose Your Rooms by Evaluating Ideas
When thinking about the function, appearance and style of the room you intend to repurpose, you need to free your mind.
Here are some examples:
Old-fashioned attics are ideal for playrooms with sleeping arrangements. High-pitched roofs can give you enough room to create a sleeping area next to a carpeted space for playing. One of your most significant investments, in this case, will be a very comfortable mattress and bedding.
Oversized walk-in closets can easily turn into a home office; however, natural lighting and ventilation are of the utmost importance. If you feel that you will need a skylight or a roof vent, you may need to hire a professional to handle parts of your project.
Decorating Does Not Have to be Expensive
You don’t have to spend a lot regarding decoration. One of the most thrifty ideas in this regard is to decide on a retro look from the start; in this fashion, you will be able to hit up local thrift shops in search of vintage furniture and ornaments. Don’t be afraid of recycling; your children’s unwanted toys can become decorations and old crates can be transformed into shelves or even into coffee tables.
When metropolitan housing markets enter periods of high demand, monthly rents skyrocket and smart homeowners take economic advantage of the situation. In cities that experience a period of prosperity and active hiring, many families turn their basements into small apartments they can rent to workers.
Don’t Forget This!
Don’t forget about technology. If you plan to turn a dining room into a home theater space, you may want to evaluate the costs of a large LCD screen versus a projector connected to a media center. In general, you may want to focus more on the sound that on the image. You can also transform an old PC into a media center, but it may be cheaper to purchase a modern set-top box.
Meet Today’s Author:
Jeff E. Brown is a freelance writer and a self-taught handyman with a knack for life-hacking and DIY projects. Based out of his home office where his two dogs keep him company while he types, Jeff loves writing about home improvement topics, teaching others all the tips and tricks he has learned since he moved out of an apartment and into a house. When he’s not writing, he loves organizing barbecue parties in his garden. About.me | Twitter